Nicole Richie’s Halloween Plea

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Happy Halloween, friends! Mal and I started our celebration a day early with a small get-together at our house.

I baked festive fall cookies.

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Using my favorite sugar cookie recipe from Mama Pea’s cookbook and some colorful leaf-shaped sprinkles.

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Mal made Pigs in a Blanket, but he used kielbasa instead of hot dogs. Good call, Mal.

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Unfortunately for Murphy, Mal didn’t drop any kielbasa on the floor while making them.

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Right before our friends arrived, Mal and I decorated our house with some spider webs from the dollar store. (I know, we go all out for Halloween.)

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I should have known that paying a $1 for Halloween decorations wasn’t a great idea. The spider webs were terrible!

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Instead of pulling apart into webs, they broke into clumps.

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Umm”¦

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Eventually, we sort of got the hang of it. We just needed to be really gentle.

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Oooh, spooky!

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A little while later, our friends, John and Alexa, arrived at our house. Mal and John planned to watch the Pats game, and Alexa and I planned to drink wine and talk about pugs. She loves pugs (and wine) as much as I do!

On the menu: Kielbasa Pigs in a Blanket and Taco Dip.

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And, later, two kinds of sugar cookies with frosting.

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Alexa made sugar cookies with frosting, too. Great minds think alike!

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Last night was a fun way to celebrate Halloween. I used to love dressing up for rowdy house parties, but sitting on the couch with friends and eating sugar cookies was so much better. (Man, I am such a grandma.) Murphy also loves Halloween, especially the costumes.

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Breakfast

This morning’s breakfast was Oats in a Jar with a big scoop of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice mixed in. Obviously, I needed to hit up the pumpkin today.

My iced coffee tasted almost like Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee. I added chocolate soy milk and a tiny amount of coconut extract to it. It’s not as sweet as Marylou’s, but it’s pretty close to the real deal. I’m still working on it.

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Oats in a Jar = pug creeper.

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I eventually gave Murphy the peanut butter jar to lick.

Nicole Richie’s Halloween Plea

Have you guys heard about Nicole Richie’s Halloween plea yet? According to US Weekly, Nicole wrote this plea on her Facebook page: “Girls, can we all pledge that we will not dress slutty for this Halloween? The jig is up.”

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When I first heard about Nicole’s plea, I was all about it. Right on, Nicole. Let’s band together and not dress slutty on Halloween. But, then, the more I thought about it, the more I disagreed with it. I mean, as a grown woman, shouldn’t I have the right to dress any way that I want? I actually don’t have the desire to dress up as a ‘slutty’ whatever on Halloween, but if I did, shouldn’t I do what makes me happy?

Question of the Day

What do you think about Nicole Richie’s Halloween plea?

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108 Comments

  1. A grown woman has the right to dress as she wants to dress. Yes this is true.

    But I don’t understand it. I enjoy being sexy, and feeling sexy. Maybe it’s because I’ve spend my entire life being overweight so I don’t want my thighs to show and I don’t wear anything too tight. But I guess I just don’t understand the motivation to look easy. If you ARE easy and dressing to get a man to take home, then okay, mission most likely accomplished. But if you aren’t easy, not dressing to attract anyone, then why?

    I judge more on behavior than dress, but it’s rare that I’ve seen someone dress slutty yet act like a lady.

  2. Hmm I’m quite surprised she said that, but not in a bad way at all. I think it’s a really noble plea of her part–I just know that it won’t really be fulfilled because most people are still going to do what they want. I think it’s not necessary to dress in such a revealing way, especially kids in high school. These days they go so overboard that it’s a little bit worrisome. I, for one, am not for advocating “trying to stumble a man” because of my core beliefs and values, but I guess if people want to have fun that way, then it’s not my place to judge them. Judging is not my job, nor my right. 🙂 Interesting post, Tina! And the last few spider webs are lookin’ cool.

  3. Hmmm…I think I’m with Nicole on this one (never thought I’d hear myself saying that). And if you’re a grandma, then I must be too, because cookies and couch sound pretty good to me!

  4. I think her ‘plea’ is fantastic…women should respect themselves and be confident without having to reveal the majority of their bodies…
    Yes, everyone has the right to dress as they please, and they do, but it looks so sad to see women dressing in such revealing clothing. I think she’s setting a good example by saying that!

  5. I strongly disagree with Nicole. Women should do whatever they want on Halloween and not be judged for it. The idea that if you dress in revealing clothing that you are “easy” is so perpetuated in our culture. If we as women walk around saying things like “well, she’s dressed that way so she must be a slut” what is stopping men from going around and saying the same thing? I think this critique has been picked up on by the Slut Walk movement.

    I dressed up in a sexy outfit for Halloween because I wanted to. I just ran my first marathon and for the first time in my adulthood I love the way my body looks and I want to show it off. To me it is owning my femininity to dress up and look good. I also take SERIOUS exception to any suggestion that dressing sexy makes you easy or makes you look easy or that you can’t act like a lady if you dress that way. That suggestion seems closed minded to me.

    1. @Katherine:

      I think this comment is partially directed towards me. If I was wrong, my apologies but I’d like to clarify a little what I was saying.

      A couple years back we had a coffee shop here where I live where the women wore bikini tops and jeans/shorts to serve coffee. Despite the fact that I’m not in the most conservative area of town, there was outrage over it. The ladies would walk on the corner holding signs to advertise business, and in response to that a person actually commented in the newspaper, saying something along the lines of “maybe when one of these women are found dead in an alley, or go missing, people will pay attention to how bad this is”.

      I was pissed. It perpetuated the stereotype that if a woman dresses a certain way or acts a certain way they deserve whatever comes to them. And it was a woman who made that comment, like she was giving permission to rapists to do their thing because the woman didn’t have better sense to cover up. Well, it was July and the woman was in a bikini top and jeans, more covered than you would see at the local pool, or, I don’t know, the Victoria Secret billboard that was hanging up a couple blocks over.

      So, as I said in my comment, an adult has the freedom to dress as she chooses. And as I also said, I care more about an attitude and a behavior than I do a look. I’m 300 pounds. There are people who would classify and judge me no matter what I wore or how I acted just because I’m 300 pounds. Despite my natural inclination to sometimes do that to others, I do make the effort not to. A woman can be dressed modestly and still act trashy. There’s nothing wrong with dressing sexy. But there is an extreme that I don’t understand. And though you may be dressing sexy, feeling good about yourself and still acting classy, there are women who dress and act like anything but a lady, and that’s unfortunate.

  6. I always try and dress in a way that makes me feel confident and feminine, but also classy. I certainly think that it’s possible to come up with costumes that are fun and sexy, without being slutty. There’s a line! I’m in college, so I certainly see a wide range of costumes! 🙂

    That said, I think it’s completely up to each woman. Those are just my own, personal guidelines.

  7. Yea, it’s a free country, I get that. Sometimes, I feel like it’s an excuse for everything. I just don’t understand the need for a sexualized version of every costume, not to go out in public anyway 🙂 I can imagine these costumes all started out as lingerie and went from there.
    As much as I’m my own person, when I do things I think about what sort of image I’m presenting of myself – what would my Mom, Dad, Grandma think – and am I OK with that?

  8. Well pass me my fitover sunglasses and houseshoes because your grannie Halloween sounds delightful to me. I think the Halloween plea is a pretty obvious comment and one that’s easy for me to agree with in the sense that I get no pleasure from seeing other people physically exposed or being sexually invitational in public. However, in my liberitarian thinking, it’s my choice not to put myself in environments where that behaviour is common (ie nightclubs, booze-filled house parties). Now, if a slutty nurse were to show up in the middle of the day in my local farmer’s market or my office, then I might feel differently 😉

  9. I dont agree with your, “shouldn’t I do what makes me happy?” If someone gets happy from murdering, should they still do it? If someone gets happy from stealing, should they still do it? Part of being a responsible person is doing things that do not always make up happy. Dressing like a slut is immoral, wrong, and causing others to stumble. How can that make you happy?

    1. I was specifically referring to how I dress. It had nothing to do with murder or stealing. Personally, I don’t think it’s immoral to dress sexy, but, of course, that’s my opinion.

  10. Oooooh kielbasa. It just takes everything up 100 notches. MMM.

    When I heard about Nicole’s plea, I thought it was a bit odd coming from her. Is this not the same girl who wore skimpy clothes & acted trashy with Paris Hilton years ago? However, I accept that she’s surely changed by now, especially since she’s a mother.

    From a college student standpoint, I like her plea. I mean, sure, the whole point of Halloween in college is to dress like a slut, but that’s just not my thing. Instead, I usually pick some fun or funny character and–yes–make a cute version of it…but not slutty!

  11. I’m no prude by any means, but I get really, really tired of trying to get in the Halloween spirit with my kids when there is the really slutty/disgusting stuff all over the place. They are front and center in the costume shops, mixed in with the kid costumes. When we went out to dinner the other night, the waitresses at the restuarant were all dressed up in very revealing costumes. Boobs and butt hanging out everywhere. It was ridiculous. And this was a family-friendly place. Not a bar or a club.

    So I definitely understand her plea. I’d love for my girls to know that being creative and dressing up for Halloween is not about seeing what you can get away with. If women want to go slutty, save it for private parties.

  12. This is silly debate! Of course every woman has a right to dress how she desires, but let’s not pretend that we don’t ALL have some expectations of how we think it is ok for a woman to dress in public. For you, it might be inappropriate to have women completely topless walking around on your street. I personally don’t like seeing the bottom half of a woman’s butt hanging out of her shorts. I think its GREAT for a public figure to encourage women not to dress “slutty”. We ALL know the difference between sexy and slutty, and to me Halloween is no excuse to dress in a way that is inappropriate the other 364 days of the year.

  13. It seems as though the current problem is that the costumes for sale for women are largely “slutty.” Of course, you can make your own costume, but if you go into a Halloween shop, your choices as a women are actually not choices. You have one option: slut.

  14. I get what you’re saying (that every woman has the right to show off her body and look sexy), but I’m definitely leaning towards Nicole on this one. Yes, we have the right to look sexy and to feel confident, but I feel like there’s a difference between sexy and slutty (a fine line, perhaps, but a line!) Plus, women between the ages of 17-late 20s have one choice: slutty. It’s rare that you see funny/clever/reasonably modest costumes for girls of that age, which is sad.

  15. I totally understand her plea. I never got into that whole “dress slutty for one night” thing so I cannot elaborate from experience… However, it does seem a little hypocritical considering that Nicole was all about dressing slutty everyday a few years ago! haha (I do understand she is much more mature now though)

  16. Yes as a woman I think we all have the ability to make our own choices that make us happy. But I guess I see where she is coming from & agree with her plea. When I was looking around the Halloween costume store this year I was a saddened that all of the costumes for women were pretty scandalous/slutty. I just don’t see the need for women to parade around half dressed.

  17. Hmm I think it depends on why you’re dressing slutty. If you’re doing it because you’re insecure and want attention from guys, then it’s a bad idea. But if you feel confident in your costume and you’re just there to have a good time, then I guess it’s okay!

  18. Hey! I’m not gonna lie. Freshman year of college I totally wore a skanktastic costume…and it was fun. I’m a pretty modest person in general, but it was fun to dress up as something I’m completely not. I think everyone should do it at least once! However, I will say I got it out of my system and have no plans to do it again! I watched a youtube video by JennaMarbles about this the other day, and I think I like her point a lot better than Nicole Richie’s.

  19. Haha, well, personally I think she’s just trying to be funny, albeit in a fairly unoriginal way. When I was in college I worked at a boutique in Harvard Sq., which would seasonally sell halloween costumes, and my coworkers and I joked around all the time about the “sexy” costumes. Its kind of gross, but its kind of funny too!

    Anyway, to each her own.

  20. I have to agree with your here Tina; women should never feel as if they are “slutty” or “whores” due to their clothing. I hate that there are so many words in the English language that are offensive to women specifically but not the same towards men. There is so much negative judgement on women for not acting a certain way where as men often get commended for the same or worse behavior. Although I don’t like to see young girls getting caught up in feeling the need to dress provocatively to feel older, I agree that women shouldn’t be judged for the way they choose to dress.

  21. I dress slutty on Halloween… and sometimes on other days, too. I also give the milk away for free. Slutshame me now, peeps!

  22. I dressed up as a slutty doctor and I’m proud of it! I think Halloween is all about embracing your alter ego(s). I always dress conservatively, so for Halloween I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and show a little clevage (and leg)! I did get a few nasty comments from some nasty guys, but I didn’t let it ruin my night! Now, if I were a mom (like Nicole) I’m not sure I would embrace my slutty alter ego in such a public way…

  23. I have to say I feel the same way as Nicole Richie. I’m definitely not saying tha girls don’t have the right to dress that way, they can do whatever they like, but I just think it’s kind of ridiculous. What happened to finding fun, cute Halloween costumes? I just think it’s sad that girls feel the need to dress up as sluts for Halloween. I guess I just wish they had more self worth.

  24. I don’t think that a real feminist would use the words “slutty” in a sentence that was supposed to empower women.

  25. I’m not really sure why everyone is assuming she is talking about not dressing slutty so that you don’t get preyed upon. How about not dressing slutty so that you don’t look slutty? There’s a way to look sexy without looking trashy. Little kids trick or treating don’t need to see certain things. Let’s not spoil the innocence.

  26. honestly if they wanna dress like sluts then let them…but at least make it a damn costume! short skirts and vags hanging out does NOT make a costume! unless you are going as brit brit 5 years ago…

  27. This isn’t answering your question but you MUST perfect the Almond Joy iced coffee because I MUST get that recipe! Haha Iced coffee and Almond Joys are my favorite treats ever! I can’t wait till you reveal that you’ve discovered the perfect measurements. I love the blog!

  28. I’m a tiiny bit surprised but also very proud of Nicole for saying this. Yeah we have the right to dress the way we want but it’s getting a bit ridiculous how Halloween has come to revolve around who wears the most revealing, scandalous outfits. It’s to the point that girls don’t feel like they fit in if they’re not showing off three-quarters of their body. Didn’t Halloween used to be a day to celebrate/ dress up like the dead and eat lots of candy? I kinda miss those days….

  29. I think it’s important to keep in mind that Nichole addressed this to girls, not women. I agree with the idea that women should be able to dress slutty if they want to, and Slutwalk is working towards making this okay. I sure dressed up in very slutty clothes this Halloween! I am a mature woman, though. The sexualization of young girls through the media is scary and running rampant, so I think the fact that Nichole urged girls to do the opposite of what they are pressured to do through the media is important. Check out the SPARK Summit for more info on this topic!
    (http://www.sparksummit.com/category/research-blog/) Hardy Girls Healthy Women is another organization that is against the sexualization of girls, and I just ran in their annual Freaky 5K (The Freaky 5k raises money for Hardy Girls Healthy Women to empower girls through programming and to educate parents and other adults on the harmful effects of societal and media pressures on girls). I am all for Nichole’s message – I think it’s great!

  30. I think that in the end it is really up to the person and what they want to wear. Yes, there are some very slutty costumes out there, but if someone wants to dress up one night, why not? Personally, I think homemade funny costumes are the best, as well as anything that will keep me warm :). I feel like as long as I am comfortable in whatever costume I am wearing, why does it matter what other girls choose to wear?

  31. This is random but I keep checking back to see if you’ve perfected the Almond Joy iced coffee yet? Almond Joys and ice coffee are my weaknesses. I’m not good at figuring out recipes, so if you’ve figured it out and are willing to share, I’d love to hear! Thanks!!

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